Designer home for modern living
The Glasshouse offers a rare opportunity to own a striking example of contemporary architecture in the popular Wolds market town of Louth.
Tucked away in a quiet yet central part of Louth, The Glasshouse is a stylish four bedroom modern designer family home which combines the best of high quality building materials with sleek design features.
Built over three levels, this light and spacious house offers a truly unique home which more than lives up to its name.
The owners, who are also property developers, have overseen the design and build of this exclusive home and lived here since moving in at the beginning of last year. “The building works started in March 2021 and finished in January 2022. It’s the most modern and contemporary property we have built to date.
“Yes, it certainly had its challenges, but the end result is fantastic. We won the ‘Pride of Place’ award from Louth Civic Trust in May 2022 and my partner has also previously been commended for his building work in 2019.”
The Glasshouse is built on a former quarry, allowing the bank surrounding the property and the mature trees at the top of the bank to provide a secluded feel to the home. Daniel Sharp, director of Lincs Design Consultancy, was the architect used.
“We loved the original concept of a contemporary building using contrasting building materials and lots of lights through the floor to ceiling windows, therefore we kept the superstructure details of the original planning and made only minor internal changes.
“These included moving the master bedroom and en suite downstairs with the other bedrooms and the office upstairs alongside the kitchen area which seemed more practical. However, the office could still be used as a fifth bedroom should a potential buyer prefer.”
The vendors describe this stylish home, which benefits from numerous sophisticated touches as well as acute attention to detail, as “modern, fresh, airy and bright with a neutral theme throughout”.
“The subtle contrasting decor includes the graphite windows and tall radiators against the lightly painted walls, bright white skirting and architrave against the walnut internal doors.
“The master en suite showcases large white tiles and a stone bath with graphite grey sink, shower feature wall, radiator and blind, while the kitchen with its bright white quartz worktop against the forest green kitchen cupboards really stands out. The nursery with a modern monochrome theme throughout emphasises the contrast between black and white, commonly seen by new-borns.”
The Glasshouse features many contemporary characteristics and innovative materials have been used, including large floor to ceiling windows, steel framework (exposed feature in the office), hidden guttering, solar panels on the flat roof, as well as A-grade Siberian larch cladding (with insulation in the cavity), aluminium door and window frames, and electric blinds throughout.
An ‘Airflow’ Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation System delivers fresh air throughout the home to create a healthy and pleasant living environment, while also recovering heat from the home to warm incoming air, which together with solar panels add to the home’s eco-friendly credentials.
Its many bold design features include a cantilevered first floor with outdoor seating and entertaining area and a stunning second floor with 360-degree glazing and balcony, which gives this stylish home its name.
“One of our favourite rooms in the house is the kitchen/living area, which is a vast space with bi-folding doors leading onto the balcony, which is great for eating alfresco, entertaining and experiencing an inside/outside feel.”
Garden and wildlife
The couple, who both grew up in the county, moved from a small village in Lincolnshire and say they had always liked the idea of living in Louth, “which is well known for the natural beauty of the Wolds, a quaint little market town with superb schools for our young children.
“Although the house is in the heart of Louth, it also feels secluded and private with its surrounding trees, bringing wonderful wildlife to the property including ducks, deer, foxes and our very own garden squirrels, and with sunlight and shadows cascading through the trees it brings a magical feel to the garden.
“The gardens are beautifully stocked with a variety of plants, shrubs and trees. The main garden area is predominantly laid to lawn with timber fencing to the front and side, ensuring a child and pet-friendly secure space.
“We block paved the entrance to the property, which alongside a triple garage, provides ample parking for numerous vehicles belonging to both us as well as guests.
“We planted shrubs around the front of the property giving the entrance a bright and vibrant feel, as well as some more around the sandpit which we built for the children at the rear of the property.
“The rest of the garden is fairly low maintenance with grass throughout, but for us the best garden feature has to be the tall mature trees arching over the property.”
The vendors agree that this unique modern family home would suit a variety of buyers in search of a peaceful oasis, with many nearby amenities.
“Someone who likes a modern contemporary house, wanting to be close to the market town and local amenities, but also enjoying a feeling of privacy, so ideally a family who enjoy the outdoors and living in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
“We will miss relaxing and enjoying the sunshine on the balcony, eating alfresco and feeling so close to nature with the floor to ceiling windows throughout the house.
“The Glasshouse is the last even number on Upgate as you head out of Louth, so there are no overlooking properties as such, however we have experienced the neighbourhood to be very friendly and welcoming too!”